No polishing, irregular, fragmentation — this is the characteristic of meteorite. However, it is this charming stone that has become the dial of Parmigiani’s new Tonda 1950 special watch. The special dial is available in dark blue or black, and is characterized by a texture that exudes unpredictable beauty; yes, it is mysterious because it is not entirely from our world.
Because the meteorite experienced rapid temperature changes when entering the atmosphere, its surface was imprinted with an irreversible crystal structure, but even so, it looked quite natural and harmonious. Meteorites must undergo a series of acid bath treatments to gradually reveal the magnificent lines created by this natural influence.
Each meteorite treatment process is very complicated. Because its hardness is higher than that of ordinary rocks, it is difficult to process; its mineral structure is unpredictable and extremely variable, and traditional processes cannot be used. Therefore, only through scientific testing and by their rich experience, the dial makers can complete the perfect cut and give the models the two colors currently available: dark blue or black.
This special Tonda 1950 dial features titanium. This material is lightweight and high-grade, and it is extremely difficult to process because of its nonflammability. But we must overcome this problem, because the natural element in the periodic table of titanium is different from platinum or gold and cannot be used as an alloy. It can only be matched with pure and natural substances such as meteorite.
Parmigiani ultra-thin movement
The ultra-thin dimensions of the PF 701 movement are due to the eccentric platinum micro-automatic rotor in the movement. This masterpiece is only 2.6 mm thick and will surely shine in many future models. In fact, the original design thickness of the Tonda 1950 case was 7.8 mm. This thickness is enough to classify it as an ultra-thin watch, but this watch has deliberately not adopted the thinnest design it can achieve. This allows the Tonda 1950 series to add more complex devices and modules in the future without changing the case thickness.
The Tonda 1950 movement has the most exquisite haute horology of any Parmigiani model you can imagine. Few brands give the movement such a finishing touch. The German silver main plywood is sandblasted and polished with pearl dots, and then rhodium plated. The bridge is sandblasted, patterned or decorated with Geneva waves, then chamfered by hand, and finally rhodium-plated. At the same time, each gear has been chamfered, grooved, and double-sided pearl dots polished before being cut, and then gold-plated to finally create an eye-catching finish.
The high-level finishing on each part is based on the philosophy shared by the technical centers of Parmigiani. Every aspect of the Tonda 1950 movement and appearance is carefully crafted in the factory, so that each movement can show the extraordinary craftsmanship of this watchmaking factory.